Some people see the world of comedy as one of the coolest professions a person can do. They make people laugh; they perform at bars, and overall have a good time. Colin Quinn, the recent subject of The Village Voice’s This Is Stand-Up feature states, “Comedy is not cool. It shouldn’t be cool in my opinion.”
Quinn breaks down his thought on comedy and why it shouldn’t be viewed as something cool. He goes onto to break the idea of comedy being cool. In the interview he said, “It’s not the guy who gets laid.” In Quinn’s eyes, when comedy becomes “cool,” it actually becomes worse. Someone sees comedy and starts to think of all the cool things that come with it, they hurt comedy in the end.
Quinn knows what’s funny and what’s not. When asked what’s funny he replied with, “When somebody just lays out some secret thought in your head that you’ve never even thought about.” We think of organic thoughts all the time, but it never crosses our mind that other people think the same way. That’s what’s funny to Quinn. When someone grabs that idea and harnesses the comedy, they make real comedy. When another comedian says “You son of a bitch, you motherf*cker. You thought of that, dammit. It was right there for all of us and you f*ckin’ came up with it.”
Quinn frequents the Comedy Cellar and continues to tell his jokes. It’s become something of a home to him since he lived next to it for some time. He believes the Comedy Cellar is exactly what he envisioned a comedy club always looking like. He also stays on top of his social media. When asked about people who try to troll them, his way of dealing with them is a joke itself. He trolls the trolls right back. “I troll by being overly positive,” said Quinn.